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Sky’s the limit for India’s first woman fighter pilot

Published: March 8, 2018

STORY: Twenty four-year-old Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi created history last month when she became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet, solo.

Chaturvedi, who hails from central Madhya Pradesh state, flew a MiG-21 fighter jet for 30 minutes on February 19 over Jamnagar Air base.

She said it didn’t matter if the pilot was a male or female, so long as the person was competent and professional enough to conquer the skies.

Along with Chaturvedi, two more women officers, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh were commissioned into the Indian Air Force in 2016 as India, one of the world’s biggest military forces, takes steps towards greater gender parity.

Only a handful of countries such as Britain, the United States, Israel and neighboring Pakistan, have allowed women into the cockpits of fighter jets.

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